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That was the year that was 2016

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What did you do in 2016 that you've never done before?
Won an industry award!

Did you keep your New Years Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
I sort of kept them, but wasn't focussed enough. 2017 will be better

Did anyone close to you give birth?
yep - Antonio and wife has a little girl Seirah, Kathrin had Max, Karen had the twins

Did anyone close to you die?
No

What countries did you visit?
Ireland, UK

What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
More time for myself and more time for my boys

What dates in 2016 will remain etched on your memory and why?
22nd August - Markus started school, 8th August - Patrick started Kindergarten

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Helping Markus start school and helping Patrick start Kindergarten

What was your biggest failure?
Not looking after myself, not losing weight

Did you suffer illness or injury?
No. but felt tired and run down all year

What was the best thing you bought?
new laptop!

Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Still my wonderful sister...and my wonderful Alan

Where did most of your money go?
Childcare

What did you get really really excited about?
I don't think I got excited about anything really

What song will always remind you of 2016?
No one song

Compared to this time last year are you:
a) happier or sadder - happier / about the same
b) thinner or fatter - about the same
c) richer or poorer - richer

What do you wish you'd done more of?
more running and exercise

What do you wish you'd done less of?
work and worrying

How will you be spending Christmas?
We spent it here in Zurich just the 4 of us

What was your favourite month of 2016?
October - boys were settled into new routine and we had a great holiday in the UK

What was your favourite TV programme?
Suits (again), Orange is the New Black, Elementary

What was the best book you read?
Staring at the Sun: Irvin D. Yalom

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Playlists on Spotify

What did you want and get?
a new work rucksack!

What did you want and not get?
More time to myself

What was your favourite film of this year?
Pets!

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 43, went to the circus with the family, had a nice meal

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
more time to myself, to read and blog (same as last year)

What kept you sane?
my kindle, oh, and Alan :-)

Who did you miss?
my sister, we seem so far apart (same as last year)
my mates sal, mags, caroline, jane (but now she's closer!)

Who was the best new person you met?
Sabine G (who i knew already, but who I really got to know this year!)

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016
I need to "brake", otherwise I will break. I need to be be kinder to myself.

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